Very few 17 year olds can claim they have won international titles in anything – let alone in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Usman Rahman from Greenwich has been practising the martial art for several years and has a huge list of international sporting achievements, including becoming:
• European Champion
• Munich Open Champion
• Naga European Champion
• Abu Dhabi World Trial Winner
• Grapplers Quest European Champion (twice!)
• English Open Teen Champion
• English Open Adult Champion
• Pan American Bronze medallist
Usman has been ranked 2nd in the world and is now ranked 1st for two divisions. “Winning the Jack Petchey Achievement Award has given me recognition of my sporting achievements and made me a more viable candidate for university”, Usman, who wants to study Graphic Design, says. “I plan to study to the highest education level I can in order to inspire others. Young people are the next generation. If we can positively influence them, we can influence all the generations to come.”
Usman is doing his best to influence the younger generations himself. On top of competing and studying for his A Levels, Usman coaches children in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Andy Bell, Sixth Form Student Support Officer at Corelli College says “Usman is a thoroughly deserving winner of the Achievement Award. He is a very unassuming, modest young man who is humble about his amazing sporting achievements. We wholeheartedly support Usman’s nomination for this award.”
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